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ADFP Trust Fund Cycle XIV Applications


On February 18, 2021, Commissioner Troxler and the ADFP Trust Fund Advisory Committee approved new evaluation and ranking criteria for conservation easement applications, conservation easement grant request amounts, and changes to the ADFP Trust Fund operations and rules.

Below are the approved documents:

Final Evaluation and Ranking Scoring Sheet

Easement Cost Averages

ADFP Trust Fund Policies and Guidelines

Applications open on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. The deadline is Friday, December 18, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

No Beehive Grant Fund applications will be accepted this year.

2020 Application Guidelines

2020 NC County Tier Designations

Please note: If you have previously applied with the ADFP Trust Fund via the online application system, you may use your existing username and password.

If completing applications for both conservation easements and agricultural development projects/agricultural plans, you must register unique usernames. Usernames do not cross over between the different applications.

Conservation Easement Application:

Conservation Easement Application Portal

Conservation Easement Application Checklist

Conservation Easement Application Budget Instructions

Cycle XIV USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Information Packet

Conservation Easement Budget Worksheet

Financial Affidavit for Beginning Farmers and Limited Resource Farmers

Option to Purchase an ADFP Agricultural Conservation Easement


AgriculturalĀ Development Project/Agricultural Plan Application:

Project and Plan Application Portal

Project and Plan Application Budget Instructions

Project and Plan Budget Worksheet


Please note: All applicants for conservation easements, agricultural development projects, and agricultural plans must be non-profit conservation organizations or county agencies, per N.C.G.S.106-744. Farmers, landowners, and others interested in applying must partner with a non-profit conservation organization or county agency to participate in an ADFP Trust Fund grant proposal.

If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, please contact Laura Brookshire at 919-707-3074 or

North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3071

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